Originally Posted by jlpolzin
It's pretty common around here.
The reason is because they don't want you to aspirate your own vomit should you need an emergency c-section with general anesthesia.
Silly, huh? What do they do with gun shot victims and people who've ruptured their spleens from car accidents? Wait until their food is digested so they can put them under before they operate so they don't have to worry about vomit aspiration? Of course not. If it happens, they deal with it.
I think this policy is insane. Deny millions of laboring women food in labor to save how many lives each year? I'm not sure, but probably less than 1.
This is high on my "why I refuse a hospital birth" list.
Actually, they intubate you if you have a general. So, you can't aspirate your vomit. And it has also been proven that you're as or more likely to vomit on an empty stomach than a full one!
So, yes, the story
at the hospital is that you can't eat 'cause they're afraid you'll choke on your vomit. The reality is that, if that happened, the anesthesiologist wasn't doing their job...'cause if you're properly intubated, there isn't really a way possible to do so. It's pretty much just keeping the status quo (they didn't always intubate), and CYA...and I think, a little bit of the power thing, too...something else that the institution can control that makes you a "patient" rather than a woman giving birth!